1. The selection criteria used in the development of this variety include forage yield, persistence and resistance to one or more of the following pests: potato leafhopper, bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Verticillium wilt, anthracnose, Phytophthora root rot, and Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1).
2. This variety is adapted to North Central and East Central regions. This variety has been tested in Wisconsin, Indiana and Pennsylvania, and is intended for use in the North Central and East Central regions.
3. Test variety is Moderately Fall Dormant, similar to FD4 checks. Test variety is Moderately Winterhardy, similar to WS3 checks. Flower color (Syn 2) is 84% purple, 14% variegated, 1% cream and 1% yellow with a trace of white.
4. Test variety has high resistance to anthracnose (Race 1), bacterial wilt, Fusarium wilt, Potato Leafhopper, Verticillium wilt and Phytophthora root rot; resistance to Aphanomyces root rot (Race 1); with moderate resistance to stem nematode and pea aphid. Reaction to root-knot nematode, spotted alfalfa aphid, blue alfalfa aphid has not been tested.
5. Seed increase is on a 1imited generation basis with one generation of breeder and two generations of foundation and certified seed classes. Breeder (Syn 1), foundation (Syn 2 or Syn 3), and certified (Syn 3 or Syn 4) classes will be recognized. Production of Syn 3 foundation seed requires consent of the breeder. Breeder seed was produced near Nampa, Idaho in 2000. Forage Genetics will maintain sufficient foundation seed for the projected life of the variety. Stands of foundation and certified seed fields are limited to 3 and 6 years, respectively.
6. Certified seed will be marketed in 2003.
7. No decision has been made concerning Plant Variety Protection Act.
8. The information in this application may not be forwarded to the PVP office.
9. Variety Name: WL 346LH Date Submitted: November 1, 2002
Experimental designations: FG 40H118